Swanage & Wareham U18s 21 Yeovil U18s 5
Swans Colts maintained their impressive unbeaten status in the D&W South Merit Table with a good win against a strong Yeovil side.
The wind was blowing a gale, which meant it was always going to be difficult for both sides to play with an attractive style of play. However, Swans had other ideas and made an excellent start playing a tight but high tempo game, winning quick ball off a series of rucks before releasing the ball to the Swans talented three quarter line.
Barnaby was the first to force his way over the line after a succession of forward drives, he picked a good line to score a good try which was duly converted by Stephen. Swans kept up the pressure and were again successful at the breakdown, securing several turnovers. The next try was an outstanding individual effort from Swans centre Tom Salmon who after being released by Charlie in his own half went all the way with a powerful run. Again Stephen added the Conversion.
Just before half time Swans may have been guilty of relaxing a little and Yeovil took the opportunity to up the pace, when they stole the ball at the base of a scrum for their scrum half to score a well taking try. The conversion was missed. Half time 14 - 5.
After half time Swans again lifted the intensity and were rewarded when Aiden raced away for a trademark interception try. Stephen was again successful with the conversion. The remainder of the game became a little scrappy from Swans point of view and Yeovil pushed hard to close the gap in the score line. In the final ten minutes Yeovil threw everything at the Swans line with several powerful drives, but Swans defence was inpenetrable and they held on to secure a deserved victory.
Swans were missing several key players from last weeks win over Wimborne and it was pleasing to see other members of the squad step up to ensure a good performance.
Tries: Barnaby Knibb, Tom Salmon, Aiden Smith
Conversions: Stephen Woolley 3
Team: Will Aspinal, Lewis Allen, Sam Watts, Ben Hocking, Charlie Joynt, Harry Moore, George Parr, Rory Ferguson, George Graves, Charlie Gynes, Barnaby Knibb, Tom Salmon, Aiden Smith, Jacob Cummings, Stephen Woolley, Callum Smith